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November 2012 Gregory W. Rouan, MD, FACP, ACP Governor

From the Governor

Dr. Rouan

Our vision is to define and provide value to our diverse membership of the Ohio ACP Chapter. Our members at least include generalists and subspecialists. Our constituencies include the entire continuum from medical student to resident to young physician to established and senior practitioners. You serve our patients in hospital or ambulatory settings and in teaching or non-teaching environments. Please click here to browse our site and learn more about our Chapter.

We are wrapping up the debriefing on our 2012 Fall Chapter meeting and we would like to again summarize the accomplishments of our Chapter over these past several months.

The fall 2012 annual meeting was absolutely remarkable. Linda Ha and her colleagues need to be congratulated. If you missed the meeting, the innovations and the expansion to the 2-day format was extremely well received. We increased the CMEs to 15.25, an all-time high. Take a look at our photo album.

Our Chapter’s leadership team now at least includes: Linda Ha, Chair Chapter Scientific Program Planning Committee; Michael Tan, Chair of the Membership Committee; John Schroder, Chair of the Program Directors Committee; Moises Auron, Chair of the Young Physicians Committee; Joseph Myers, Chair of the Awards Committee, Dennis Lunne, Chair of our Student Committee, and Dan Sullivan the Chair and co-Chair of the Health and Public Policy Committee. You will again hear more from them in this newsletter.

We have all again been very busy with our various ACP efforts. Those at least include our participation at the national Board of Governor’s Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Jan Wrassman, our Executive Director, and I would very much appreciate hearing from you in terms of any suggestions you may have for how the Ohio Chapter of the ACP might help make us better physicians and improve the quality of our professional lives and those of our patients. I would recommend that you contact either me (greg.rouan@uc.edu) directly or Jan Wrassman (jwrassman@fuse.net).

Please be reminded of our Ohio ACP fall Scientific Chapter Meeting at the Columbus Convention Center, Thursday and Friday, October 10th and 11th, 2013! Hard to believe but the committee is already hard at work scheduling our speakers and innovating for an even bigger and better meeting one year from now. We need both your input and involvement for such events as the medical student and resident Doctor’s Dilemmas. Our Leadership and Faculty Development course was so successful we will plan on “reinventing” this event yet again in 2013.


Ohio Scientific Chapter Meeting, October 25-26, 2012

Dr. Linda Ha

The significant increase in CME credits was an absolute hit. We will be offering this number of CMEs again next year as a result of our new two day format. Please visit the Chapter website throughout the year for the full program listing and to register for the meeting and hotel.

We will plan on again receiving a record number of abstracts from our students and residents. Thanks to Kim Jordan and Linda Lemaster who lead this effort again in 2012. Both will be “retiring” after this year and we will be reaching out to several volunteers to replace them. Please consider being a judge again next year. It is a great opportunity to interact with our younger members. Read more about the Chapter meeting in Linda Ha’s below report.

This is the first year that we expanded the Scientific Meeting to a 2-day event allowing for 15.25 CME credits and added more activities for faculty, residents and medical students. There were several other “first time” accomplishments this year and we hope to build upon them for 2013. The 3-hour LEAD (Leadership Enhancement and Development) Seminar allowed attendees to meet the CME requirements towards attaining LEAD certification. The two Self Evaluation Medical Knowledge Modules (SEP) greatly enhanced faculty preparation towards ABIM Maintenance of Certification (MOC). This year, we had record number of residency programs participate in Doctors Dilemma and we were also able to include the students’ Doctors Dilemma competition. Congratulations to Fairview Hospital for winning the Associates Doctors Dilemma and Wright State University for winning the Students Doctors Dilemma competition.

We were very fortunate to invite speakers who are leaders in their field and also gave us an opportunity to highlight the incredible talents of our state teaching programs. Our speakers represented the University of Cincinnati, Ohio State University, Wright State University, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Fairview Hospital, Case Western Reserve University, Summa Health System, University of Toledo, Solon and Lima. We appreciate the collaboration of Jeff Smith (Ohio State Medical Association) and Mike Carroll (Vice President of Governmental Relations) with our Health and Public Policy Committee in updating the dynamic changes of 2012.

The Students and Associates Poster Competition continues to be the foundation of the Scientific Meeting. We received a record-setting number of abstract submissions this year from nearly all of our teaching programs in Ohio. We would like to acknowledge the support of the Program Directors and faculty of these institutions in their advancement of research and encouragement of our students and associates. On behalf of Dr. Kim Jordan (Chair, Associates Poster Committee) and Dr. Linda Lemaster (Chair, Students Poster Committee), we greatly appreciate those faculty and attendees who volunteered to judge the posters.

The deadline for the National Medical Student and Associate Abstract Competitions is fast approaching. All Medical Students and Associates entering the competitions must have their abstracts submitted by December 3, 2012. Please click here to learn more.

The theme of this year’s meeting, “The Duty to Teach”, was inspired by the 10-year anniversary of the ACP publication of the physicians’ Ethics manual. We hoped that you left the meeting with new and innovated knowledge and inspired to teach your students, residents, peers and patients. We look forward to seeing you again next year.


News from the Awards Committee of the ACP Ohio Chapter

Dr. Joseph Myers

Dr. Myers and his committee awarded again the resident program participation awards to: Gold – Riverside Methodist Hospital, Silver – University of Cincinnati Hospitals, and Bronze – Good Samaritan Hospital. In addition, he initiated a similar award for student participation in Ohio. Those recipients were: Gold - University of Cincinnati COM, Silver - Cleveland Clinic Lerner COM, and Bronze - Case Western Reserve University SOM.

Joseph Myers, in the spring of 2013, will again be formally requesting nominations for Chapter Awards to be held at our 2013 Scientific Chapter meeting. All Masters, Fellows and Members are invited to nominate. Categories include Laureate, Master Teacher and Volunteerism Awards. Please email Joe at myersj@summahealth.org. The deadline for nominations is July 15, 2013. It is never too soon to begin thinking about worthy individuals.


LEAD Certificates

We are again requesting members apply for LEAD certificate awardees. Recall that our Chapter led the nation with three LEAD recognitions this past year. Those included Linda Ha, Michael Tan, and Arlene Fedorchak.


FACP Designation

We again expect our Chapter to lead the nation with new fellows achieving their FACP status. This past year we had 27 new Fellows elected!


Membership Update

Dr. Michael Tan

Our “SUPER” Strategy, focusing on the professional needs of the current and potential members, continues to be successful and serve as a best practice nationally for other chapters. We presented our model in New Orleans at the Board of Governors meeting during the Chapter Leadership Network as an invited presentation. This was extremely well received by all in attendance.

Michael Tan from Akron is our Membership Chair. His focus is retention and recruitment of members. His efforts resulted in an amazing number of new resident and student members along with an unprecedented number of members being promoted to fellowship.

Again the American College of Physicians and the Ohio Chapter encourages all members to help strengthen the voice of internal medicine by recommending ACP Membership to colleagues. By joining the College, your colleagues will enrich their clinical knowledge and skills and have access to all of the ACP member benefits that you enjoy.

The Recruit-a-Colleague Chapter Rewards Program is ongoing through March 15, 2013.

To participate, simply forward to your colleagues the Membership application found at www.acponline.org/racc. To qualify for the program, your name must be listed on the recruiter line of this specially coded application.

To learn more, please visit www.acponline.org/recruitacolleague.


2013 ACP Leadership Day

Daniel Sullivan, Chair the Ohio Chapter Health and Public Policy Committee

Please join us for Leadership Day in Washington, D.C. on May 21-22, 2013. We will meet at the Liaison Hotel near the Capitol to receive updates on the important issues that affect our patients. We will then proceed up to the Hill to discuss possible solutions regarding quality and access with our elected officials. The energy of our Fellows, Members, and Associates makes this a rewarding effort. Together we can make a difference as health care is changing. Details will follow. Dan Sullivan is at sullivd1@ccf.org for any questions.


News and Opportunities from the National ACP Office

Call for Resolutions for the Spring, 2013 IM Board of Governor’s Meeting:

As in the past, are you concerned about a practice or clinical issue or have an idea you'd like to suggest for a resolution from our Chapter? If so, please contact me (greg.rouan@uc.edu) and we will advance that through your Governor’s Advisory Council (GAC) and onto the national level.

Initiating a resolution provides ACP members an opportunity to focus attention at the ACP national level on a particular issue or topic that concerns them. Participating in the Board of Governors resolutions process provides the ACP grassroots member a voice and allows you to shape College policy that impacts the practice of internal medicine. When drafting a resolution, don't forget to consider how well it fits within ACP's Mission and Goals. In addition, be sure to use the College's Strategic Plan to guide you when proposing a resolution topic.

If effecting change interests you, the deadline for submitting new resolutions to be heard at the Spring, 2013 Board of Governors Meeting is December 10, 2012. Members must submit resolutions to their Governor and/or chapter council. A resolution becomes a resolution of the chapter once the chapter council approves it.

Not sure how to begin drafting a resolution? Researching the College's position on an issue can give you a start. Visit the ACP Online homepage and click the "Advocacy" link in the right-hand, top margin to access ACP policy positions, read about recent ACP advocacy activities, or search the ACP's Public Policy Virtual Library (PPVL). Visit your chapter website, too, and click the link under "Advocacy" to access Electronic Resolutions System (ERS) where you can search past or proposed resolutions. A copy of the resolutions process is available on the ERS which furnishes more details on formatting resolutions, as well the process for submission, review, and approval.



The deadline for the National Medical Student and Associate Abstract Competitions is fast approaching. All Medical Students and Associates entering the competitions must have their abstracts submitted by December 3, 2012. Please click here to learn more.


In Conclusion

Once again our accomplishments reflect a stellar year. As always, I am very proud to be your Governor and sincerely hope that you become more involved in your ACP activities in our state.

We again won the 2011 Chapter Excellence Award and certainly expect to receive this recognition for 2012.

Gregory Rouan, MD, FACP